2020 Vision: Marking a Momentous Year

State of the Association: Message from Kim Churches

Though we are not able to convene in-person for state conventions this year due to COVID-19, CEO Kim Churches provides an update from the national office on the state of the association and a look ahead to the future.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — two crucial milestones in giving women the right to vote. It’s also a critical election year. With Title IX under threat, a persistent gender pay gap, and a dearth of women leaders, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

As part of an initiative we’re calling “2020 Vision,” we invite you to reflect on all the progress we’ve made together and stand strong in the fight for a fairer future. You can share your own story about contributing to AAUW’s legacy and watch our webinar series, which highlights recent equity research, outlines our ambitious “Gender Agenda” for the year, and more.

2020 Convening Series

See below for AAUW’s 2020 Convening webinar series.

April 30, 2020

Mrs. America: Women’s Rights, Family Values and Politics

Join us for a Conversation with AAUW American Fellowship alumna Marjorie Spruill, Professor Emerita, University of South Carolina and author, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights & Family Values that Polarized American Politics.

April 22, 2020

Getting Out the Vote During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented challenge to our electoral process. Learn about the pandemic’s impact on voter access, gain key “get out the vote” and voter education resources, and identify priority policy issues facing women and families this election.

April 14, 2020

AAUW Updates & Diane Rehm

CEO Kim Churches provides an update on AAUW’s continuing work and talks with renowned radio host and author Diane Rehm about how she has managed to remain resilient in the face of challenges and loss. Listen now or read more about the conversation.

April 10, 2020

New Website Launch

AAUW is pleased to announce the launch of our new website and we hope it will help us to stay more connected than ever. Take a virtual “tour” with the communications team by watching this webinar. You can provide feedback here.

January 28, 2020

The Gender Agenda

AAUW CEO Kim Churches outlines our equity priorities for the year.  

December 5, 2019

Together in 2019, Together in 2020

AAUW CEO Kim Churches talks about AAUW’s latest research on sexual harassment, 2020 convenings and other strategic updates.

Your Story. Our Legacy.

We want to know more about what AAUW has meant to you.

Meaningful Moments from Members

My story begins many years ago when I was a new mother, at age 28, with a toddler and expecting a second baby. Although I loved staying at home and being a mom, there were times when I thought I would lose my mind due to the lack of any intellectual stimulation. Somehow I got invited to join the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette branch of an organization called AAUW, which had monthly meetings, weekly intellectual discussion groups, and a fun social interest group called “Young Grads.” My mind was saved and I started meeting women who would support and guide me through the next five decades of my life.
Peggy S. Cabaniss, AAUW Board of Directors

 When I fractured my leg, and couldn’t even put any weight on my leg for 4+ months, my AAUW sisters jumped in to help me get to meetings, bring food, and provide flawless leadership for the branch so I could focus on my recovery and therapy.
Karen Francis, public policy chair, AAUW Missouri

One moment comes to mind from my 52 years of membership… During the 1981 (centenary) conference, as a member of the national Resources for Tomorrow Committee, my report on energy conservation consisted of using an electric chain saw to cut a pound of butter on stage.
Kathleen Wood Laurila, longtime member and 1988–89 Career Development Grant recipient

In the 1990s, AAUW rose to prominence in the media with our research reports on shortchanging girls in school. Several of us were at a women’s march in DC during that time and were approached by a young woman who spotted our AAUW sign and shouted out, “AAUW — you’re the ones who did the study on girls in school — THANK YOU!” That was thrilling to be recognized … in public as an organization doing such good for girls and women.
Caroline Pickens, AAUW Fund, Legal Advocacy Chair, AAUW Virginia

Please direct membership inquiries to connect@aauw.org.